Generally, when you don’t have to write anything, and also you are in a comic mood, you go for a World Watch…which is kinda like surfing TV on a boring day…but this time, we do have news…and analysis. Lots of them. Everyone important, news and analysis pieces. And in no particular order… Continue reading
Sorry for not updating recently, folks…having a bit of a tough time…(No. Not the rapture…but hey, “I…I’m still alive…”)…but here’s a quick update on our neighbourhood…cause honestly, that needs a full single post…so here it goes…
Pakistan woos insurgent groups. WSJ comes out with it. Now whats new in that? Only this time they are bolstered by a MASSIVE Nuclear surge…here’s more news of it…(Just kindly note, that their country is in economic mess…people don’t have anything to eat, the education and service sector is in ruins…and the nuclear surge most probably comes from American Aid money…which is taxpayer’s dollars…and USA is also going in a spiraling abyss of debt for that…but that’s a different issue…it is a total chaos…)
And here’s USA’s ongoing reply to that…
1. I was waiting for this news…no, honestly. I was really waiting…ever since the day Osama was shot dead, and was shown in the TV getting kinky seeing his own videos dressed as Osho Rajnish. Well, OBL had a pretty good collection of “Pron” stash...in his headquarters of Al Qaeda…in Pakistan…
If only Zardari knew that earlier…
2. In another path breaking FATWA, an cleric in Morocco said necrophilia is perfectly harmonious and lovey-dovey…
(Hat Tip – BarbarIndian)
3. Over to some serious news…6 arrested in USA, three Pakistani, and 3 Pakistani Americans…one of them an Imam, for collecting money for the Talibs, which is by the way banned. This is getting orgasmic by the day, this US – Pakistan relationship…and the latest in the saga of contradictions is here…
4. Apparently North Korea, and Iran regularly trade Nukes, missiles, and food and almost everything, in blatant disregard to the UN sanctions. They trade through China…and this is a major diplomatic middle-finger or something…
5. Remember Libya? A war is going on, for like ages? No body knows who is fighting whom, and who is winning? Yea, it is still going on…with no end in sight…and the Libya rebels, got shown the door by the US today, so their hopes pretty much dashed…
[I usually don't cross post all my articles, but my latest Op-Ed in Washington Examiner is getting massive hits, especially after it was reposted in LUBP, with some nice editorial add-ons. Check the comments!]
The dust settled. The answer is known. Pakistan had Osama bin Laden hidden deep inside a picturesque town of Abbottabad, more famous for being the town with a Pakistani version of Sandhurst, or West Point, placed there. Clearly, someone knew something: either the Pakistani army or the country’s military intelligence, the ISI. The fact that they didn’t know that the world’s greatest terrorist was staying there for the last seven years, in a pretty much barbed and fortified building – as confirmed by one of Bin Laden’s wife – is not only irrationally naïve, but also hilarious, and utterly absurd.
There came out some articles, with muffled anguish, and disbelief. Cyril Almeida wrote in Dawn, Pakistan’s large circulation English-language newspaper:
“Maybe they didn’t know. Maybe they’re so daft they didn’t really take this whole business of pursuing Al Qaeda seriously. Maybe they just didn’t think it was their problem. But those voices, unconvinced by their own words, quickly trail off … They knew. They knew he was there. It’s too frightening to make sense of. The world’s most-wanted terrorist. A man who triggered the longest war in American history. The terrorist mastermind the world’s only superpower has moved heaven and earth to track down. A decade of hunting. Hundreds of billions of dollars spent. The blood of countless Americans and others spilled. And when he was finally found, he was found wrapped in the bosom of the Pakistani security establishment. Away from the bleatings of the ghairat brigade — the paranoid schizophrenics marching this country into the abyss the shock is profound. Grim questions are etched on anxious faces, but so is fear of the answers. Proud men and women, people who love and serve their country, have cried as they connect yet another dot in the horrifying trajectory this country is on. If we didn’t know, we are a failed state; if we did know, we are a rogue state.”
Ejaz Haidar wrote a scathing piece for Pakistan Today.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ press release PR. NO.152/2011 (Date: 03/05/2011) would be a laugh if this matter were not so serious. But since MoFA has come up with this joke at the behest of the military, and it is no time to mince words, I shall direct my questions to that institution. Firstly, I want to construct a high-wall compound right next to the Pakistan Military Academy, one with barbed wire on top. Next, when someone comes asking who I am because PMA is a high-security area, I am going to flash the MoFA logic in his face and say this is in line with my “culture of privacy and security”, thank you. This is nonsense, at its most nonsensical…”
But these are a couple of individual, proud, baffled journalists. The majority of Pakistan is quiet. Eerily silent. Day after day we are seeing rallies in Pakistan by uneducated Islamists, mourning the death of bin Laden. The JuD, the politial arm of the militant Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba has been offering prayers for a “great martyr;” Tehrik-e-Taliban, of Pakistan, is vowing revenge for the “murder” of a great “Muslim Son;” while Pakistani liberals are looking on with cowering silence, hushed and apologetic. Some are raising questions about the “arrogant” Americans coming and infringing their sovereignty; some raising conspiracy theories; but at the end of the day, it’s the long silence. They have been searching for answers, when it is the time to ask questions.
Why don’t we see any rallies from civil society now? Why not a single candlelit march? Why not a single voice saying: if Pakistani forces couldn’t kill the most dreaded terrorist on the face of the planet, then let the American forces do the job. Why not a single voice saying: good riddance? Are they spineless cowards? Or have they ceased to exist, struggling to dribble between bomb blasts and terrorist attacks, everyday?
What of the 5 million urban, educated, moderate, liberal Pakistani who we hear so much of in our own liberal media channels? Our media always feeds us the same old syrup of standing beside the “moderate forces of Pakistan or else…” Stand beside whom? The forces of democracy can only stand beside those people, who are willing to stand up and fight for their honor, not those who appease and apologize.
This incident of bin Laden hiding in Pakistan under the patronage of “someone” high in the Pakistani administration, did it increase the international prestige of Pakistan? The westernized, educated, handsome womanizer, Cricket World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan, a childhood hero of mine, now supports the tribal jirgas of Pakistan’s North-West province, who barter with underage women. Is this the “civil society” our media wants us to support?
Sorry, but I guess the defining moment is here. The Pakistani army is not at all ashamed. It is giving statementsafter statements, how the next time any foreign forces would face “dire consequences” if they decide on any such “misadventure” on Pakistani soil. The Pakistani newspapers, the conscience of the society, prints them with equal jingoistic zeal.
There can be two courses of logic for them: if they knew they didn’t act, then they are malevolent; if they didn’t know, then they are incompetent, and negligent, or both, and, in matters relating to this level, are criminal and liable for punishment.
But until now, we have not seen any serious acknowledgment other than “threats” from their side. No heads rolled. They don’t even consider it to be wrong, perhaps.
The political parties, the moderates, civil society – they are all quiet, and numb, almost paralytic. Which is ironic, as they are the worst sufferers at the hands of the extremists, and symbolic of the cancer that’s roots go deep.
We can’t fight their battle, or fix their country. No one can. The streets of Egypt and Tunisia, and then Libya, erupted, for good or for bad, without any external support system, spontaneously. This is the time for Pakistan to follow them. They have to ask questions, flock to the streets, challenge the system and the politicians, stare into the eyes of the army and dare them to shoot. They have to engage the uneducated and extremist ideologues who are rotting the country from within. Or else, their dream of true democracy will never happen and Pakistan as a nation-state will cease to exist someday, either by internal gangrene, or by external amputation.
WHAT A WEEK! (It sure deserves a World Watch, the least I can do…)
1. Osama Drama is not ending. After Osama was given a proper sea burial, Pakistan warned of “Dire Consequences” should there be any such unilateral action by the US or any other foreign forces, (read India), the US immediately replied to that with a Drone which killed 12.
The Pakistani extremists protested against Osama killing by gunning down more infidels Muslims…
3. Poor Thailand and Cambodia. They are fighting a war for the last few months…well not a real war, but a border war, whatever…but no one is paying any attention. First they were trumped by Middle East revolutions, then by the mother of all news Osama Bin Laden being laid to rest…(why does the world media hate them so much?)
They have vowed to fight on, till people take notice, and also take their war to the next level…that is Asean summit, which itself doesn’t get any attention…
4. There is something more humiliating than US Special Forces going inside Pakistan, without telling them and knocking down Laden. That is Indian Navy saving Chinese merchant ship from Somalian pirates.
5. Brilliant blog at WaPo on Hugo Chavez. Enough said…
Osama Bin Laden is dead. The man who started this century with blood, and forged a radical religious movement which started with 200 followers, and which now spreads to one third of the Globe, this man divided and polarised humanity, like no one did ever before.
1. Probably the first news of the operation. No one knew then it was against Osama.
3. The reaction among Kashmiri separatists, who termed him as martyrs.
4. The Timeline from Af-Pak Channel, who are carrying a series on “Bin Laden Aftermath”.
5. Praveen Swamy, on the Next Generation Al Qaeda. Smooth as ever, paints a grim picture showing that the battle just got bloodier.
Apparently, the World is still a grim, cold, and more dangerous than ever. Even sad fact is Ajmal Kasab, Aftab Ansari, and Afzal Guru still lives on taxpayer’s money. And Pakistan still denies Dawood Ibrahim.
But yes, ” Revenge is the purest of emotions… – Mahabharat “.
So, congratulations to the Americans, and two thumbs up for democracy, and the fight for a free World.